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    New Pool New Pool Owner

    Just bought a new home with my first pool. We are still closing but I have been out to check the pool. I am trying to keep the pool in decent shape. Here are the water test results.
    FC 4
    TC 4
    CH 350
    CYA 200
    TA 120
    PH 7.4
    Pho 1000
    Pool does get a lot of direct sun shine. It had some leaves etc in bottom and when I swept it it seemed like it had a layer of dust on the bottom, which I am assuming is actually algae. Water was pretty clear.
    Any suggests on what I need to do to maintain the pool and get it back into swimming shape would be great. Thanks
    40x24 approx 40k, IG, Pebble Tech, Sand Filter Sta-Rite System3 S8S70, 1 HP Sta-rite max e pro,not sure how old the pool is, more than 10 years.

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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    With a CYA level of 200 (how did you get this reading, most tests only read up to 100)?

    You are going to likely need to drain off and replace about 3/4 of the water
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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    Those smell of pool store test results. Order one of the recommended test kits while you are waiting and keep reading Pool School. A large water replacement is likely in your future.
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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    First thing would be to read pool school a few times located at the top right of every page and order one of the recommended test kits found on this forum.you also need to get your cya down to a manageable level 40-50ppm for a non swg pool and the only way to do that is by partial drain and refill.it will cost so much more to try to shock your pool at the current cya level assuming the readings you supplied are correct......Mike
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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    Dang you jblizzle you beat me to it again.....lol
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    And isacc
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
    thru wall skimmer,hard plumbed with 2 returns 1 1/2 sch 40 pvc
    1 large fountain 1 inch sch 40 pvc,shut off ball valves on all

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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1
    With a CYA level of 200 (how did you get this reading, most tests only read up to 100)?

    You are going to likely need to drain off and replace about 3/4 of the water
    Brought a water sample to Leslie's Pool supplies and had them test it. Sounds like I should get another sample.
    40x24 approx 40k, IG, Pebble Tech, Sand Filter Sta-Rite System3 S8S70, 1 HP Sta-rite max e pro,not sure how old the pool is, more than 10 years.

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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    Indeed the results were from a pool store Leslie's Pool supplies. They tried to sell me a 75 dollar of "stuff" to deal with the high pho levels and never mentioned the cya levels. It sounds like I would be better off to drain the pool power wash it and start over. Would that be a good plan of action?
    40x24 approx 40k, IG, Pebble Tech, Sand Filter Sta-Rite System3 S8S70, 1 HP Sta-rite max e pro,not sure how old the pool is, more than 10 years.

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    Re: New Pool New Pool Owner

    It could be a good plan of action, if it is truly needed. The $75 dollars suggested to be spent to remove phosphates from your pool would be much better spent ordering your own test kit. Phosphates are food for algae, but if you have no algae through proper pool maintenance it doesn't matter how much food there is. Bottom line is the pool store wants to sell you chemicals, this forum is all about testing your pool and adding only what you need.
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